I’ve put together a list of some natural home remedies, vitamins and herbs that may help with mild acne. If your acne is severe it is best to consult a doctor.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is an Australian plant extract and acts as both a topical antibacterial and an antimicrobial agent. It is used in many skincare products.
Tea tree oil is famed for its skin-clearing abilities, one study found that a tea tree oil gel offers similar results to a 5% benzoyl peroxide making it a natural alternative to harsh chemicals for mild acne. It’s a firm favourite in our household because of its many uses. Make sure you buy a therapeutic grade Tea Tree oil like this one on Amazon.
Applying a cold compress to the skin opens the pores so allows any treatment you apply to do its job better.
Cold reduces inflammation and swelling by constricting the blood vessels then after a while the body sends extra curative blood to the cold area to warm it.
Tip: Keep your acne treatments cool in the fridge.
Distilled White Vinegar
Distilled white vinegar can be diluted if required because it may be a bit strong. Apply to the affected area and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Using apple cider vinegar diluted at 50% with water as a toner on your skin or even consuming it diluted with water is claimed to help acne.
Lemon works as a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin cells that may clog the pores. As with the white vinegar, apply the juice of a lemon to the face. Allow it to dry for about 5-10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. You may feel a mild sting when the lemon juice is applied. If so, diluting the juice will help.
Honey has naturally occurring anti-bacterial qualities it is often applied to the face as a mask, killing surface bacteria. Typically, the mask should be applied once or twice weekly.
Drinking More Water
Flush the toxins out of your body that can contribute to the development of acne by drinking more water. Try drinking 7-8 glasses a day. Filtered water and herbal teas may also be beneficial. The water filter bottle pictured below filters water as you drink it, perfect for carrying around every day. and is at a great price on Amazon.
BRITA Fill & Go Vital Water Filter Bottle
Eating A Healthy Balanced Diet & Including Supplements
Eat healthily to ensure proper nutrition with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Taking a high-quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement will help make up for the nutrients missing in some of today’s foods, especially on those days when you don’t eat quite so healthily.
Echinacea can be used to boost the immune system and fight acne-causing bacteria. Also good for fighting colds.
Dandelion, Burdock or Red Clover
These can help to keep the liver clear of toxic overload. Try drinking something like Dr Stuart’s Skin Purifying Enveloped Tea containing red clover, nettle leaves and dandelion leaves. Organic burdock can also benefit the skin
Vitamin A has been successfully used to treat severe acne. Large amounts, however, can be toxic and should only be used if advised by your doctor. Never take more than the recommended daily amount of any supplement.
A supplement containing zinc may help, zinc aids in the healing of tissues and assists in preventing scarring. It is also important for the body in resisting infection and inflammation.
To clear and heal the skin, a homoeopathic acne remedy may be worth trying, Sulphur being one of the best.
Do you have any home remedy suggestions to help clear acne? Please let us know in the comments below.